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Gregg Middle School mentoring clubs help to promote student teacher interaction

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Minutes matter at Gregg Middle School in Summerville, especially when you're talking about Mustang Minutes, which includes mentoring and fun activities. We're in Dorchester county for our Cool School of the week.

It's an added opportunity for students and teachers to interact, in a non-academic, no-pressure environment. It's called Mustang Minutes, a mentoring and club program for all students. Principal Lori Estep says, "We are real excited about our mentoring and club program that we've started. Our students are very excited as well. Our hope is that each and every one of our almost 11-hundred students will be able to have an advocate that they can go to, that they can talk to about anything academic, athletics, behavior, just what's going on in their lives."

There are more than sixty mentoring clubs at Gregg. Each faculty member in the school sponsors a club, with about 15 students. They meet once a month, towards the end of the school day. Clubs are an hour long first part. Teachers mentor students, work on goal setting, behavior, organization skills, etc. They also have fun. There's gardening, archery, color guard, cooking, forensics, French and Russian, dance, music, sports, you name the interest, and they have it covered. P.E. and health teacher Brooke Matthews says, "That's been very successful because our students trust me. They trust all of their mentors. They know they can come to us at any time, and they also share a special relationship with the archery, and the other programs that we offer here at Gregg middle." Eighth-grade student Timmiea-Ayanna Richard says, "It's better this year. We have 6th, 7th, and 8th, we all get to meet each other, new people, and learn more about them, like doing activities with our mentors and going places and having fun."

Eighth-grade-student Chase Bruno says, "We talk about our goals for college, and what our goals are for the next month. I think it's great. Especially you get to pick out what you want to do when you get older. Work on your grades and accomplishments and it's just something new to learn."

Gregg Middle School offers fine arts classes-steel drums, dance, chorus, band, guitar, strings, art, and theater.

Gregg has the only self-contained autism program in the district at the middle school level.

Coming up Friday on News 2 Today, we'll present the gregg middle school mustangs with our Cool School award.

We want to hear about the good things going on at your school. send an email to octavia at omitchell@wcbd.com, maybe your school will be the next Cool School of the week.

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